Crime Watch membership growing

First Posted: 1/27/2013

The Avoca Neighborhood Crime Watch held its monthly meeting on Jan.15. During the meeting, Police Chief David Homscheck read the monthly police report which included drug arrests, stolen items being recovered and numerous arrests.

Members discussed the benefits of having a neighborhood watch in the community as well as inviting various speakers to attend future meetings to give presentations on topics, such as keeping home properties safe especially while residents are out of town, spotting dangerous situations and other safety issues. Members are also discussing creating an e-mail database to use as a communications tool to inform members about upcoming meetings and other important information.

The group, which has 65 members, is growing. Meetings take place at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month in the Avoca Municipal Building, 752 Main St. The Neighborhood Crime Watch is all about helping each other. For more information, call Jim at 457-8446 or Ned at 457-6109.

A.O.H. meeting

The Avoca A.O.H. is meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31 at the West Side Social Club, 700 McAlpine St.

Queen of the Apostles

Queen of the Apostles Parish will celebrate Candlemas, the feast of the presentation of the Lord in the temple, at the 4 p.m. mass on Saturday, Feb. 2 at St. Mary’s Church, 715 Hawthorne St. This day is traditionally marked by blessing candles to be used for home or personal use. Blessed candles will be available at the church for a donation of $2.50 per box of two.

The parish will host an appreciation dinner at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2 in St. Mary’s School auditorium, 742 Spring St. Anyone who has worked for or volunteered for the parish during 2012 is invited to attend. To make a reservation, call the parish office at 457-3412 by Jan. 28. Snow date is Feb. 9.

The parish will celebrate the Feast of St. Blaise, the Catholic patron saint of illness, on Sunday, Feb. 3. Individuals are invited to receive a traditional throat blessing following the 4 p.m. Mass on Feb. 2 and the 7, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Masses on Feb. 3 at the church.

Cub and Boy Scout Troop 316 and the Venturing Crews of Queen of the Apostles Parish will participate in the 9:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, Feb. 3 in celebration of Scout Sunday.

The parish’s First Communion Class will receive its First Penance at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16 in the church. There will be parents meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7 in the church to discuss the special event.

VFW Auxiliary

The Ladies Auxiliary to V.F.W. Post 8335 will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 4 in the post home, 915 Main St. President June Fitzgerald will preside. Betty Lewis and June Fitzgerald will serve as hostesses.

Lions food bank

Avoca Lions will have its monthly food bank from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7 at the Bethel United Methodist Church, 532 Main St. Volunteers are needed at 1:30 p.m. to unload the truck. Beneficiaries are encouraged to bring boxes.

Council meets Feb. 4

The Avoca Borough Council will have its regular monthly meeting and work session at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14 in the Avoca Municipal Building, 752 Main St. Council President Joseph Satkowski will preside.

Collection, recycling notes

Ashes are collected every Wednesday. Residents should place them curbside by 8 a.m. on collection day.

The Moosic recycling truck will be at the Avoca Municipal Garage, 1106 Plane St., from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every Thursday.

Avoca residents are invited to recycle newspaper and commingled glass, plastic and metal bottles, cans and jars. All lids should be removed and disposed of in home trash. Containers should be rinsed, plastics and metals should be flattened and glass should not be broken. The new system allows paper to be mixed with cardboard.

All recyclables should be placed in the appropriate compartment of the truck. Residents are urged to read and follow the signs on the recycling tuck.

The recycling area will be monitored and violators can be fined or banned from future recycling privileges.

Recycling flyers are available in the lobby of the Avoca Municipal Building and at the recycling trailer. Waste Management will no longer collect monitors, printers, peripheral devices or any other components from computers and TVs.

Garbage stickers on sale

Garbage stickers for 2013 can be purchased from Therese Wrubel at the Avoca Municipal Building, 752 Main St. The office will be open from 9 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays and from 5 to 6 p.m. on Fridays.

The fee schedule for purchasing the window sticker in order to have up to three bags collected weekly is as follows: $160 if purchased by Feb. 20, $165 if purchased between Feb.21 and March 20, $175 if purchased between March 21 and April 20, $185 if purchased between April 21 and May 20 and $195 if purchased between May 21 and June 21. Delinquent accounts will be referred to district court after June 21. All Avoca homeowners and renters are obligated to purchase a garbage sticker.

Extra stickers for additional bags of garbage can be purchased for $3 each.

Residents unable to stop by the municipal building to purchase a garbage sticker can mail a check made payable to Avoca Borough and a self-addressed stamped envelope to Avoca Borough, c/o Therese Wrubel, 129 Factory St., Avoca, PA 18641.

For more information, call Wrubel at 457-4891.

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